By: Efua Owusu-Ansah (Ghana)
When my committee nominated me to write the blog for today, I just knew I had to write about this. Sankofa is a Ghanaian word which literally means go back and take, and that is the symbol to depict the word. What am I going back to take? After all I have heard many say this phrase, “Forward ever, backwards never”, “let sleeping dogs lie” and also, “what is done is done”. What is at the back or in history (a minute ago is history) that should I go back and take?
The time came for Averalda to give her presentation on reflection. Boy! or Girl! (smile), did I get the shock of my life when I realised the amount of gold I have thrown away because of the lack of reflection in my life. As a Christian, I have been meditating during my quiet time in the mornings but more than 80% of my meditation, is on what I should do. If, and I say if, I had known how to do reflection as I have been taught, I would have avoided many sleepless nights and pains over the past three decades. Some people do not get the chance that I have to rewrite some of the wrongs and create positive footprints, so I count myself blessed to be part of this 19th ANLP.
Indeed, an unexamined life is not a life worth living. At the end of the day or after an experience, we were taught to ask some really hard questions: What will I continue doing? What will I start doing? What will I stop doing? We are being trained to be our own (amateur as it may be) therapists. To ask the question why, why, why, till we get to the real cause of a feeling or an experience and either be aware of it or deal with it.